Issue 124: February/March 2018
Sticks and Stones
by Rick Lewis
News: February/March 2018
Remembering Murphy’s Law • Control cars with your mind! (What could go wrong?) • Children and chimpanzees crave revenge — News reports by Anja Steinbauer and Filiz Peach
WAR & PHILOSOPHY
The Philosophy of War
Ziyad Hayatli presents a condensed history of the philosophy of war.
Bergson: Rights, Instincts, Visions & War
Carl Strasen says Henri Bergson’s ideas about wars need rediscovering.
Oidinposha Imamkhodjaeva assesses arguments against violence among ancient Asian philosophies.
The Puzzle Of Patriotism
Phil Badger tries to make sense of a tangle of pride, identity and metaphysics.
Free Will Is Still Alive!
Carlo Filice questions recent attempts to question free will.
Is Everything A Computer?
Paul Austin Murphy computes the probabilities.
Quentin Mareuse distinguishes lots of ways of distinguishing things.
Twelve Principles of Knowledge
George Dunseth outlines basic principles for knowing whether or not ideas are true.
Are You A Garbled Relativist?
Ray Prebble argues that moral relativism is both incoherent and immoral.
Why False Beliefs Are Not Always Bad
Sally Latham argues that sometimes it’s better to be wrong.
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
Alistair MacFarlane considers the long and thoughtful life of Thomas Hobbes.
Jerry Fodor (1935-2017)
Daniel Hutto says goodbye to a memorable philosophical sparring partner.
Skye Cleary interviews Aaron James about his new book, Surfing With Sartre.
Prejudice & Toleration • Prostitution & Free Will • Digital & Trivial • Pull Your Socs Up • The Buddhist Boomerang • Misreading Cubism • Consciousness Baffles Brains • Experiencing Disagreement • Spinozist Anti-Simulation Argument • Finding Refuge • The Real Ethical Questions
Siddhartha Gautama: The Buddha (c. 563-483 BCE)
by Terence Green
Wittgenstein & The War
Peter Adamson says one good thing came out of WW1.
Torpid In A Taxi
Seán Moran contemplates a comatose cabbie.
On Looking at the Back of My Hand
Raymond Tallis finds unexpected depths of knowledge.
Experiencing Time by Simon Prosser
Heather Dyke passes time reading about a denial of the passing of time.
The Trolley Problem Mysteries by F. M. Kamm
Richard Baron tracks what Trolley Problems can tell us about ethics.
Anger and Forgiveness by Martha Nussbaum
Trevor Pateman looks at problems with anger and forgiveness.
Stefan Bolea talks of madness, antihumanism, and the arrival of the new gods.
Chris Gill’s Cartoon
by Chris Gill
Simon & Finn
by Melissa Felder
Bill Stott’s Cartoon
by Bill Stott
Jonathan Sheasby discovers some unexpected perils of AI.